Study Options List

Study options A to Z directory

Browse through our study areas of interest in the A to Z study guide directory below.

We have a number of qualifications with part time, full time and online study options. Short courses are available in a wide range of areas for your professional and personal development.

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Accounting

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The business world can lead you in many directions. With an accounting specialisation you will gain advanced skills and knowledge in accounting management and develop knowledge in core business strategies. As well as providing hands-on training in a range of business knowledge, principles, practices and skills, Ara Business programmes are work-focused.

Acting

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Performing Arts draws together a team of highly skilled, experienced and internationally respected tutors and performers to offer programmes of study in singing, dancing, drama and musical arts unlike anything else offered in New Zealand.

Adult education

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Adult literacy courses are ideal for people who are fluent speakers of English. Designed to raise the level of your literacy skills to manage everyday literacy tasks. At Ara we nurture your qualities and help you to develop the skills that mark excellence in teaching.

Adult literacy and numeracy

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Get help with reading, writing and spelling in a friendly and supportive environment.

Agriculture

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A career in agriculture can lead you into management, farm management, farm ownership or into business.

Animal science

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Animal science opens the door to many interesting and varied fields in veterinary nursing and animal care. Working with domestic, farm, wildlife park and zoo animals. Animal Science studies open the door to many interesting and varied fields in veterinary nursing and animal care. working with domestic, farm, wildlife park and zoo animals.

Animation

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Develop the skills and define your artistic vision by gaining the practical skills and professional practices required in the animation field. Our Art and Design programmes offer you the opportunity to become a part of a creative hub of design education, teaching you to develop your personal, creative and technical abilities in a wide range of areas.

Applied science

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Applied Sciences and Allied Health, we are committed to providing tertiary qualifications that are relevant and focussed in the areas of Science, Animal Science, Medical Imaging, Midwifery, Mathematics and Statistics.

Architectural studies

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Our architectural studies qualifications you be well set to meet the demand. Whether you choose to study architectural technology, interior design or decor, construction management or quantity surveying, our team of design and architectural professionals can get you there. With our qualifications you be well set to meet this demand. Whether you choose to study architectural technology, interior design or decor, construction management or quantity surveying, our team of design and architectural professionals can get you there.

Art

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Our acclaimed School of Art and Design offers you the opportunity to become a part of a creative hub of design education, teaching you to develop your personal, creative and technical abilities in a wide range of areas. Our Art and Design programmes offer you the opportunity to become a part of a creative hub of design education, teaching you to develop your personal, creative and technical abilities in a wide range of areas.

Autobody

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Autobody focuses on the bodywork and aesthetics of the automotive including the exterior parts and the paint finish. We can help you learn how to repair collision damaged vehicles, restore vintage and classic motor bodies and painting of all forms of motor bodies. The automotive industry is one of the largest in the world, offering a wide range of careers for motivated problem solvers with a can-do attitude and practical skills.

Automotive trades

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Studying Automotive trades gives you the skills and knowledge required to work as a technician in the automotive industry.

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Baking

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Our Certificate in Baking programme is a great opportunity to develop the skills required to be successful within the baking industry. Baking is very much a 'hands-on' career choice which offers lots of opportunity to be creative and productive. While accuracy with interpretation of recipes and weighing and measuring ingredients is important for consistency, the most successful bakers use their own creative flair and skill to make their products stand out from the rest.

Barista

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Gain world class barista and bar skills with our industry-endorsed certificate to launch your career in the New Zealand hospitality industry or use this qualification to gain experience overseas. Learn all the skills you need to succeed in a career in cafe bar service operations.

Bartending

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Start your career working in restaurants, bars or hotels with the knowledge you will gain from our food and beverage service training. Learn all the skills you need to succeed in a career in cafe bar service operations.

Beauty therapy

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Discover the key principals of beauty for enhancing personal appearance.

Broadcasting communications

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Our broadcasting communications qualifications develops your ability to respond to the dynamic changes taking place in the media and entertainment industries. Develop your ability to respond to the dynamic changes taking place in the screen media and entertainment industries.

Building

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Discover the skills and knowledge you need in the building industry with our expertise and experience. We have been offering training for all aspects of the building and construction industries for more than 30 years

Business

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Start your career in business, an exciting world with many opportunities. Whether you choose accounting or event management there's something for everyone. At Ara we have a range of business and business administration programmes from foundation studies right through to graduate diplomas.

Business Administration

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Become a skilled administrator and gain the knowledge to work in a wide range of offices including banking, education, health and many other businesses. Equip yourself with the key administrative, clerical and core IT skills that can lead to a successful business administration career.

Business information systems

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Business information systems combines management expertise with the analytical and computing skills you need to perform at high levels in any business environment. As well as providing hands-on training in a range of business knowledge, principles, practices and skills, Ara Business programmes are work-focused.

Business management

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Build the skills needed in leadership and applied management and complete industry relevant projects and apply your study to specific business contexts with our management programmes. At Ara we have a range of business and business administration programmes from foundation studies right through to graduate diplomas.

Business online studies

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Our online business programmes are ideal for those who want to succeed in business management but are also still working. Our online programmes are offered fully online so you can fit in your studies with your lifestyle.

Business transformation and change

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Gather the skills essential for successfully planning, leading and managing change within diverse business and organisations. As well as providing hands-on training in a range of business knowledge, principles, practices and skills, Ara Business programmes are work-focused.

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Café bar service

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Gain world class barista and bar skills with our industry-endorsed certificate to launch your career in the New Zealand hospitality industry or use this qualification to gain experience overseas. Learn all the skills you need to succeed in a career in cafe bar service operations.

CELTA

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Teach English to speakers of other languages, to people of all ages around the world.

Carpentry

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Develop your carpentry skills plus the qualities of organisation and motivation to thrive in a construction environment. We have been offering training for all aspects of the building and construction industries for more than 30 years

Chef training

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Develop the skills in a range of cooking styles from main courses to pastries as a chef. The world of professional cookery offers exciting and challenging job prospects preparing and cooking delicious and nutritious fare in cafés, restaurants, hotels and wineries in New Zealand and overseas. If you want to transform your love of food and cooking into a successful career, then this is the place to start.

Childbirth education

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Learn the skills necessary to be a childbirth educator and help families through an important time in their life.

Civil engineering

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Build your knowledge in civil engineering by becoming a critical player in the world of civil infrastructure development and build your abilities within a choice of engineering strands. From designing programs at a computer terminal, to overseeing maintenance operations for major structures like aircraft, ships, heavy earth moving equipment, mobile cranes and offshore oil platforms – there are many ways to be an engineer.

Cocktail Mixology

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Become an expert cocktail maker and impress your employer or friends with this hands-on short course.

Coffee making

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Gain the skills to operate a commercial espresso machine and pour the perfect coffee.

Commerce

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Start your career in the world of commerce, an exciting world with many opportunities. Whether you choose accounting or event management there's something for everyone. As well as providing hands-on training in a range of business knowledge, principles, practices and skills, Ara Business programmes are work-focused.

Computer aided design

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Gain skills in the field of computer aided design (CAD) and open yourself to a multitude of career paths with CAD designers in high demand globally. CAD is an increasingly important tool used for the presentation and documentation of technical designs.

Computer networking

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Your ICT career will benefit from this detailed study of network systems and software. You will learn how to install, design and maintain complex networks.

Computing and ICT

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As one of New Zealand's leading ICT qualification providers, our programmes and courses of study have been developed in conjunction with industry to give you the most up-to-date and relevant knowledge of the industry. There is an ever increasing demand for skilled IT employees and the growth in this industry is showing no signs of slowing down. More than ever before, the genius of computing and ICT is firmly embedded in almost every aspect of our fast paced lives. This high-performing industry seeks responsive collaborators with analytical minds and critical thinking capacity.

Concept art

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Explore and generate your ideas as an artist. Learn the skills and techniques to present your creativity with our conceptual art courses. Led by team of professionals, Ara Art and Design offers courses in fields such as graphic design, multi-media design, printmaking, sculpture, fashion design and photography.

Construction

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Discover the skills and knowledge you need in the construction industry with our expertise and experience. We have been offering training for all aspects of the building and construction industries for more than 30 years

Construction management

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With construction as one of the country's largest industries, the demand for construction managers are in high demand. Start your path to a leadership role in the construction industry. Ara offers the National Diploma in Construction Management which will give you a mix of technical expertise, management skills and industry experience to prepare you for work in the real world.

Cookery

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Develop the skills in a range of cooking styles from main courses to pastries as a chef. The world of professional cookery offers exciting and challenging job prospects preparing and cooking delicious and nutritious fare in cafés, restaurants, hotels and wineries in New Zealand and overseas. If you want to transform your love of food and cooking into a successful career, then this is the place to start.

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Dancing

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At NASDA you can gain the practical skills in dancing, theatre and singing. At NASDA you will get high quality performance training and the skills needed to succeed in the performing arts.

Data communication

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Advance your skills and be open to the world of computing with data communications. Data communications is part of our spectrum of Information and Communication Technology studies. There is an ever increasing demand for skilled IT employees and the growth in this industry is showing no signs of slowing down. More than ever before, the genius of computing and ICT is firmly embedded in almost every aspect of our fast paced lives. This high-performing industry seeks responsive collaborators with analytical minds and critical thinking capacity.

Decorating and painting

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Develop your painting and decorating skills on the job as you gain experience in decorating and painting. We have been offering training for all aspects of the building and construction industries for more than 30 years

Design

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Design skills are essential for New Zealand's economic and cultural future. Build a career in this exciting and diverse field. Our Art and Design programmes offer you the opportunity to become a part of a creative hub of design education, teaching you to develop your personal, creative and technical abilities in a wide range of areas.

Design - interiors

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Study the practical and theoretical elements of interior design and turn your creative flair and interest in interior design into a career with our interior design programme. Our Interior Decor and Interior Design programme has been developed and refined over the past ten years to ensure they provide relevant, up-to-date skills and methods.

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Education

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Become an educator by acquiring the skills, creating new ways to share your passion, knowledge and industry experience. At Ara Humanities we teach English Language as well as International languages. We also prepare teachers to teach at adult and tertiary level.

Electrical engineering

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Gain real world experience in the area of interest you choose in electrical engineering, whether through computer engineering, networking, electronics or telecommunications. From designing programs at a computer terminal, to overseeing maintenance operations for major structures like aircraft, ships, heavy earth moving equipment, mobile cranes and offshore oil platforms – there are many ways to be an engineer.

Electrical supply

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Fast track your career in the electrical supply industry or an apprenticeship with our electrical supply programme. Get practical and theoretical knowledge in both classroom and workplace environments. You can study electrical engineering or electricity supply/power distribution at Ara Woolston Campus

Engineering

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Push design boundaries and improve functionality in the engineering field. Whether if you want to specialise in computers, electronics, telecommunications or infrastructure, we will put you at the forefront of global developments. Highly qualified tutors from Ara Engineering department have worked with industry to develop programmes that are relevant, up-to-date, and equip our students to assume key roles within the industry.

Engineering technology

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Push design boundaries and improve functionality in the engineering field. Whether if you want to specialise in computers, electronics, telecommunications or infrastructure, we will put you at the forefront of global developments. From designing programs at a computer terminal, to overseeing maintenance operations for major structures like aircraft, ships, heavy earth moving equipment, mobile cranes and offshore oil platforms – there are many ways to be an engineer.

Engineering trades

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We offer a wide range of engineering trade qualifications such as fabrication, fitting, turning and tool making and welding and structural steel. Engineering trades is ideal for those who enjoy hands-on work using precision machinery and like to create or repair functional tools. At the Trades Innovation Institute (TII) the usual starting point to enter engineering trades is a pre-trade programme.

English

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We are internationally recognised as one of the best English language training centres in New Zealand.

English language teaching

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Our English Language Teaching programmes can take you anywhere in the world with exciting international opportunities for qualified graduates. English Language Teaching programmes can take you anywhere in the world with exciting overseas and domestic opportunities for qualified graduates. You will learn the principles and practices of English language testing and assessment and effective teaching to adult learners of English.

Enrolled nursing

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Gain the theory and clinical nursing practice required for you to become a recognised Nursing Council of New Zealand's enrolled nurse. We offer students new to nursing both Diploma and Degree level courses, and for experienced nurses we offer Graduate Certificate studies and competency assessment.

Entrepreneurship

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You are an ideas machine seeking the knowledge to progress your concepts into reality. Learn ways to grow an existing company or establish your own dream venture. As well as providing hands-on training in a range of business knowledge, principles, practices and skills, Ara Business programmes are work-focused.

Environmental and outdoor leadership

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Immerse yourself with the great New Zealand outdoors by gaining an environmental and outdoor education qualification and start your career today. Focused on helping your students explore the interrelationship between people and nature, our programme is suited to teachers of any subject seeking to learn contemporary approaches to the teaching of sustainability and outdoor education.

Event management

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Thrive in the worlds of entertainment, conferencing and marketing, with in-depth coverage of all facets required to create and manage successful events. As well as providing hands-on training in a range of business knowledge, principles, practices and skills, Ara Business programmes are work-focused.

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Fabrication

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Discover the skills and knowledge you need in the building industry with our expertise and experience. At the Trades Innovation Institute (TII) the usual starting point to enter engineering trades is a pre-trade programme.

Fashion technology and design

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Discover the world of possibilities with our fashion technology programme. Enhance your design, patternmaking and construction skills and gain hands on experience through job placements in the fashion industry. Whatever you dream of doing, our fashion programmes will equip you with the knowledge and techniques to get you on your way.

Film

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Learn how to create a full range of screen genres, including drama, light entertainment, music videos and commercials from conception and preproduction to production and post-production stages with our broadcasting qualifications. Develop your ability to respond to the dynamic changes taking place in the screen media and entertainment industries.

First line management

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When you are a people person looking forward to a career that sees you becoming a successful leader and manager, this is the ideal programme for your professional development. As well as providing hands-on training in a range of business knowledge, principles, practices and skills, Ara Business programmes are work-focused.

Fitness

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Turn your love of sport into a profession with our programme which will give you all the practical skills and theoretical knowledge for a career in the fitness industry.

Food

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The world of professional cookery and food preparation offers exciting and challenging job prospects. Transform your love of food and cooking into a successful career. The world of professional cookery offers exciting and challenging job prospects preparing and cooking delicious and nutritious fare in cafés, restaurants, hotels and wineries in New Zealand and overseas. If you want to transform your love of food and cooking into a successful career, then this is the place to start.

Foundation studies

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If you don't meet the requirements, are returning to study, or are an international student, our foundation programmes are designed to help you and your career choice.

Furniture and joinery

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Learn to create fixed and free standing pieces using specialised tools and machinery, plus develop the key skills you need to start work or begin an apprenticeship. We have been offering training for all aspects of the building and construction industries for more than 30 years

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Gasfitting

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You will be trained in best practice standards with our in-depth plumbing and gasfitting programme delivering all of the professional skills and knowledge you need to apply for industry certification. We have been offering training for all aspects of the building and construction industries for more than 30 years

Gibstopping

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Learn the skills for gibstopping and develop a keen eye for detail and all the professional methods you need to apply for an apprenticeship or work as an assistant. We have been offering training for all aspects of the building and construction industries for more than 30 years

Graphic design

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Master the latest in digital technology and learn all the skills you need to be a cutting edge creative in the challenging world of advertising and digital design. Our Art and Design programmes offer you the opportunity to become a part of a creative hub of design education, teaching you to develop your personal, creative and technical abilities in a wide range of areas.

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Hairdressing

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Discover our programmes for hairdressing. Learn the skills you'll need to succeed and run your own salon.

He Toki

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Inspiring Māori leadership in trades initiative aims to increase participation of Māori in trade based careers. Get your friends and whānau started now in the exciting trades industry. This initiative aims to increase the participation of Māori in trade based careers at all levels, meeting the immediate, short and long term needs and aspirations of our communities.

Health

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We are committed to providing tertiary qualifications that are relevant and focussed in the areas of Science, Animal Science, Medical Imaging, Midwifery, Sports Science, Human Nutrition, Nursing and Social Services.

Hospitality

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Expand the scope and direction of your career with our internationally recognised qualification giving you the keys to succeed in supervisory roles.

House building

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Discover the skills and knowledge you need in the construction industry with our expertise and experience. We have been offering training for all aspects of the building and construction industries for more than 30 years

Human nutrition

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Human nutrition is an exciting field of study that covers a range of topics from how to eat to perform at your best to dealing with the obesity epidemic. Human nutrition provides an in-depth understanding of nutrition and the dietary influences that can alleviate or prevent many contemporary diseases and disorders.

Human resource management

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You enjoy responsibility and working directly with people. Learn how to foster smooth employee/employer relations, plus gain skills essential for maintaining a satisfied and effective workforce. As well as providing hands-on training in a range of business knowledge, principles, practices and skills, Ara Business programmes are work-focused.

Human services

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If you enjoy interacting with people, this is your chance to develop the skills, knowledge and values relevant to working with people in the health and social services sector. Through subjects from nursing through mental health support and counselling to social work, Nursing and Human Services challenges students to focus on creating a supportive environment for health and wellbeing.

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Illustrator

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Gain the necessary skills to excel in design and illustrating. Learn about traditional media and digital technology from industry professionals.

Industry based programmes

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We provide industry, employers and regional organisations with graduates through industry based learning.

Information design

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Graduates in information design have the skills to work in a range of fields and the is taught entirely online. Studying information design will give you the advantage of a wealth of industry experience and knowledge and be highly sought after in the industry. We are currently reviewing our information design qualifications.

Innovation and entrepreneurship

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You are an ideas machine seeking the knowledge to progress your concepts into reality. Learn ways to grow an existing company or establish your own dream venture. As well as providing hands-on training in a range of business knowledge, principles, practices and skills, Ara Business programmes are work-focused.

Interior design

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Study the practical and theoretical elements of interior design and turn your creative flair and interest in interior design into a career with our interior design programme. Our Interior Decor and Interior Design programme has been developed and refined over the past ten years to ensure they provide relevant, up-to-date skills and methods.

IT

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Develop the skills you'll need for the future with a qualification in IT. We offer qualifications for every level.

IT support/help desk

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Choose ICT for an exciting industry that is constantly changing and no one day is the same. Our ICT qualifications are created in conjunction with industry leaders to provide you with the most up-to-date and relevant skills. There is an ever increasing demand for skilled IT employees and the growth in this industry is showing no signs of slowing down. More than ever before, the genius of computing and ICT is firmly embedded in almost every aspect of our fast paced lives. This high-performing industry seeks responsive collaborators with analytical minds and critical thinking capacity.

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Japanese

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Gain the skills to become both a confident speaker and writer of the Japanese language. Not only will you learn the language but gain awareness of the cultural protocols of the Japanese people. We offer a range of Japanese programmes of study.

Jazz

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If you love music and want to work in this exciting and competitive industry, studying here offers you many options. Ara Bachelor of Musical Arts attracts students from all over New Zealand who want to pursue a successful career in the music industry. As part of your studies you can choose to specialise in Jazz or pop/rock or a combination of the two.

Journalism

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Preparing you to face the world of broadcast news and current affairs. Develop your ability to respond to the dynamic changes taking place in the screen media and entertainment industries.

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Laboratory technology

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Explore a wide range of disciplines within biology and chemistry with our laboratory technology programmes and start enjoying the practical aspects of science. This is an industry that never stops developing and expanding. It offers good career opportunities, with potential employment in fields such as medicine, food manufacturing, research and environmental laboratories.

Languages

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We have been teaching Te Reo Māori and foreign languages for nearly 30 years, and today we provide an impressive array of full and part time study options ranging from absolute beginner classes through certificate and diploma courses. We offer a range of Japanese programmes of study.

Liaison interpreting

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Take your multilingual abilities and apply them in exciting business and cross cultural environments with our programme focused on interpreting and communication skills.

Licence Controller Qualification

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Gain the qualification to enable you to be confident in serving patrons alcohol at your workplace.

Licence Controller Qualification (LCQ)

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Gain the qualification to enable you to be confident in serving patrons alcohol at your workplace.

Life skills

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Our life skills programme is a stepping stone to your future career goals.

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Management

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Gain the knowledge and abilities you require to support the successful development and management of a highly effective workforce. As well as providing hands-on training in a range of business knowledge, principles, practices and skills, Ara Business programmes are work-focused.

Manufacturing

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Precision machining and fitting will help establish you as ideal apprentice material in any of the engineering trades. At the Trades Innovation Institute (TII) the usual starting point to enter engineering trades is a pre-trade programme.

Māori language and culture

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Gain the knowledge and skills in New Zealand's indigenous language and culture Māori. Our graduates are renowned for their high levels of oratory skills and our expert tutors will give you the skills to strengthen historical, cultural and community understanding. At Te Puna Wānaka, our tutors live the vision of language revitalisation, Māori and Pasifika achievement and whānau framework. We offer courses in Māori and Pasifika Studies, Sports Training and Indigenous Culture and Māori language.

Māori Trades Training

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Inspiring Māori leadership in trades initiative aims to increase participation of Māori in trade based careers. Get your friends and whānau started now in the exciting trades industry. This initiative aims to increase the participation of Māori in trade based careers at all levels, meeting the immediate, short and long term needs and aspirations of our communities.

Marketing

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Become a dynamic marketing force with our degree giving you all of the professional tools you need to successfully identify local and international markets, and establish enduring business and consumer relationships. As well as providing hands-on training in a range of business knowledge, principles, practices and skills, Ara Business programmes are work-focused.

Masonry

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Gain the fundamental skills of the masonry trade including the study of tools, machines, masonry products, construction techniques for brick and block laying as well as an understanding of masonry theory, calculations, quantities, drawing and related studies. We have been offering training for all aspects of the building and construction industries for more than 30 years

Mechanical engineering

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Develop the skills to solve complex mechanical problems with this cutting edge qualification, offering the choice to major in Mechanical Engineering, Product Design or Manufacturing and Production. From designing programs at a computer terminal, to overseeing maintenance operations for major structures like aircraft, ships, heavy earth moving equipment, mobile cranes and offshore oil platforms – there are many ways to be an engineer.

Media

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Learn how to produce compelling content, whether its news, information or entertainment, with our range of media programmes.

Medical imaging

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Take your analytical mind and compassionate nature in a rewarding role in the health sector with our medical imaging qualification and start training for this highly demanded profession today.

Mental health

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Step into the rewarding and challenging world of mental health as a career choice so you can start helping your community and support those with mental health issues.

Midwifery

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Help women and their families manage their birthing experience with our midwifery qualification. Get the skills and knowledge to support those families during one of the most exciting times of their lives.

Motor trades

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We can give you the skills to be a part of one of the biggest industries in the world - the automotive industry. Studying automotive engineering will give you the knowledge to maintain and repair the mechanical components of a motor vehicle, trucks and small engines. The automotive industry is one of the largest in the world, offering a wide range of careers for motivated problem solvers with a can-do attitude and practical skills.

Multimedia

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Our multimedia design specialisation meets the growing worldwide demand for expertise in 3D design modelling, animation, lighting, photography and video for interactive digital media. Our Art and Design programmes offer you the opportunity to become a part of a creative hub of design education, teaching you to develop your personal, creative and technical abilities in a wide range of areas.

Musical arts

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If you love music and want to work in this exciting and competitive industry, studying with us offers you many options. Ara Bachelor of Musical Arts attracts students from all over New Zealand who want to pursue a successful career in the music industry. As part of your studies you can choose to specialise in Jazz or pop/rock or a combination of the two.

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Networking

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Working within actual networks and using the latest technologies, your ICT career will benefit from this detailed study of networking systems and software.

Next Step Centre

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At the Next Step Centre we offer opportunities for women in a supportive and friendly environment where you can learn new skills and develop your potential. Our Next Step Centre for Women is dedicated to offering a wide range of courses to expand your possibilities and enhance your self worth. Our courses will assist you to know yourself better, explore your options, update your skills and develop confidence in yourself.

Nursing

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Start your path to a rewarding career in nursing - a challenging and highly-valued profession. In this fast paced and rapidly changing environment there is something for everyone. We offer students new to nursing both Diploma and Degree level courses, and for experienced nurses we offer Graduate Certificate studies and competency assessment.

Nutrition

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Human nutrition is an exciting field of study that covers a range of topics from how to eat to perform at your best to dealing with the obesity epidemic. Human nutrition provides an in-depth understanding of nutrition and the dietary influences that can alleviate or prevent many contemporary diseases and disorders.

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Online business studies

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Our online business programmes are ideal for those who want to succeed in business management but are still working. Our online programmes are offered fully online so you can fit in your studies with your lifestyle.

Operations and production management

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Develop the specialist skills and organisational strengths you need to support a career creating greater efficiency and increased productivity within diverse commercial settings. As well as providing hands-on training in a range of business knowledge, principles, practices and skills, Ara Business programmes are work-focused.

Opportunities for Women

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At the Next Step Centre we offer opportunities for women in a supportive and friendly environment where you can learn new skills and develop your potential. Our Next Step Centre for Women is dedicated to offering a wide range of courses to expand your possibilities and enhance your self worth. Our courses will assist you to know yourself better, explore your options, update your skills and develop confidence in yourself.

Outdoor education

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Immerse yourself with the great New Zealand outdoors by gaining an environmental and outdoor education qualification and start your career today. Focused on helping your students explore the interrelationship between people and nature, our programme is suited to teachers of any subject seeking to learn contemporary approaches to the teaching of sustainability and outdoor education.

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Panelbeating

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Develop your panelbeating skills with our panel fabrication and restoration courses.

Painting and decorating

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Develop your painting and decorating skills on the job as you gain experience in decorating and painting. We have been offering training for all aspects of the building and construction industries for more than 30 years

Pasifika languages and culture

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In our supportive whanau community you will learn about the rich diversity of traditions and creative arts that are at the heart of all Pacific Island cultures.

Pasifika Trades Training

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Pasifika Trades Training is run in collaboration with leaders from the Pasifika community, government agencies with Pasifika church ministers playing a key role in nominating and offering pastoral care.

Pattern making

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Gain the conceptual knowledge and construction skills required to be successful in the fashion industry. Learn the skills for great patternmaking, a highly skilled technique that is key to great design. Whatever you dream of doing, our fashion programmes will equip you with the knowledge and techniques to get you on your way.

Performing arts

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Our Performing Arts offers you the opportunity to study a wide range of disciplines from acting, dance and singing to pop/rock and jazz performance, arranging/composition, music production and much more.

Personal assistant

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Equip yourself with the key administrative, clerical and core IT skills that can lead to a successful business administration or personal assistant career. Equip yourself with the key administrative, clerical and core IT skills that can lead to a successful business administration career.

Personal training

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Turn your passion of exercise and sport into a profession with our programme. You will gain the practical skills and theoretical knowledge for a career in the fitness industry.

Photography

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Learn the skills and techniques to capture beautiful and memorable moments as a profession with our photography qualifications. We offer several photography programmes that will suit your needs. Whatever your story, however you want to share it, our professional photography programmes will see you well prepared to start your creative career.

Physical activity, health and wellness

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Physical activity is increasingly recognised for its vital role in our physical and mental health and in this programme we understand the science behind it and gain the skills to work in a wide range of health, sport and exercise science.

Plasterboard fixing and finishing

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Develop a keen eye for detail and all the professional methods you need to apply for an apprenticeship or work as an assistant with skills in plasterboard fixing and finishing.

Plastering

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Develop a keen eye for detail and all the professional methods you need to apply for an apprenticeship or work as an assistant with skills in plasterboard fixing and finishing.

Plumbing

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Get the skills needed to start your career in plumbing, gasfitting or drainlaying. Learn the process of assembling, installing and repairing. We have been offering training for all aspects of the building and construction industries for more than 30 years

Professional cookery

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The world of professional cookery and food preparation offers exciting and challenging job prospects. Transform your love of food and cooking into a successful career. The world of professional cookery offers exciting and challenging job prospects preparing and cooking delicious and nutritious fare in cafés, restaurants, hotels and wineries in New Zealand and overseas. If you want to transform your love of food and cooking into a successful career, then this is the place to start.

Programming

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If you are technologically and analytically minded come to us and learn the fundamentals of programming and open up a world of opportunities. There is an ever increasing demand for skilled IT employees and the growth in this industry is showing no signs of slowing down. More than ever before, the genius of computing and ICT is firmly embedded in almost every aspect of our fast paced lives. This high-performing industry seeks responsive collaborators with analytical minds and critical thinking capacity.

Project management

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You’re blessed with a ‘long term attention span’ and known for ability to see the big picture while not missing any of the detail. Your talents will thrive anywhere in the world with a project management qualification. As well as providing hands-on training in a range of business knowledge, principles, practices and skills, Ara Business programmes are work-focused.

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Quality systems

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Enhance your career prospects and prove your ability to ensure quality standards and systems are maintained with our programme designed to meet industry’s stringent regulatory standards. This is an industry that never stops developing and expanding. It offers good career opportunities, with potential employment in fields such as medicine, food manufacturing, research and environmental laboratories.

Quantity surveying

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Develop the skills to involve yourself in every stage of a building's development as a quantity surveyor.

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Radio

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Our specialisation in radio broadcasting is highly regarded throughout New Zealand networks and you will become confident in all professional aspects needed to excel in radio broadcasting. Develop your ability to respond to the dynamic changes taking place in the screen media and entertainment industries.

Radiography

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Take your analytical mind and compassionate nature in a rewarding role in the health sector with our radiography qualification and start training for this highly demanded profession today.

Receptionist

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Equip yourself with the key administrative, clerical and core IT skills that can lead to a successful business administration Equip yourself with the key administrative, clerical and core IT skills that can lead to a successful business administration career.

Recreation

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Establish a firm foothold in the world of outdoor recreation with this qualification giving insight into the core strengths, skills and values suited to this exciting industry.

Retail

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Improve yourself with our Retail qualification that will provide you with the knowledge and skills to move into a supervisory position.

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Sales and marketing

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Become a dynamic marketing force with our degree giving you all of the professional tools you need to successfully identify local and international markets, and establish enduring business and consumer relationships. As well as providing hands-on training in a range of business knowledge, principles, practices and skills, Ara Business programmes are work-focused.

Science

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Take the first step to equip yourself with the skills and knowledge to be a part of an industry that never stops developing and expanding. The science industry never stops and offers great career opportunities. This is an industry that never stops developing and expanding. It offers good career opportunities, with potential employment in fields such as medicine, food manufacturing, research and environmental laboratories.

Sewing

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From one-off garments on the catwalks to workrooms making clothing for large department stores. Studying with us you will learn the skills to equip you for the fashion industry. Whatever you dream of doing, our fashion programmes will equip you with the knowledge and techniques to get you on your way.

Singing

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Performing Arts offers you the opportunity to study a wide range of disciplines from acting, dance and singing to pop/rock and jazz performance, arranging/composition, music production and much more.

Social work

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As a social worker you will provide advocacy, support and much needed help to your community, families and individuals. You will get the required skills and understanding needed to help people at some of the most crucial times of their lives. Social Work will provide you with the skills to understand the specific needs of people seeking help and to respond appropriately, sensitively and professionally.

Software development

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Learn analysis and design techniques that will allow you to produce programmes and software. Our ICT qualifications are the ideal stepping stone for an exciting career as a software developer. There is an ever increasing demand for skilled IT employees and the growth in this industry is showing no signs of slowing down. More than ever before, the genius of computing and ICT is firmly embedded in almost every aspect of our fast paced lives. This high-performing industry seeks responsive collaborators with analytical minds and critical thinking capacity.

Sport and exercise science

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Sports and exercise science is an exciting field to work in - you will learn the fundamentals of the human anatomy, physiology, nutrition and exercise and much more. You will be an asset in the field with many career prospects.

Sports management

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Gain the expertise needed to lead and succeed in sports management, from community-based roles to professional team management.

Sports training

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Sports and exercise science is an exciting field to work in. Our sports and exercise qualification will teach you the fundamentals of the human anatomy, physiology, nutrition and exercise and much more. You will be an asset in the field with many career prospects.

Supported learning

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If you need help to achieve your studies, enrol in our supported learning courses for the help you need.

Sustainability and outdoor education

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Learn effective methods for teaching, guiding and helping other people to respect our spectacular outdoor settings. Immerse yourself with the great New Zealand outdoors by gaining an environmental and outdoor education qualification and start your career today. Focused on helping your students explore the interrelationship between people and nature, our programme is suited to teachers of any subject seeking to learn contemporary approaches to the teaching of sustainability and outdoor education.

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Te Puna Wānaka Māori and Pasifika studies

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By joining the Te Puna Wānaka family you join an extended network that connects you to both, Māori and Pasifika traditions of the past and the dreams of the future. At Te Puna Wānaka, our tutors live the vision of language revitalisation, Māori and Pasifika achievement and whānau framework. We offer courses in Māori and Pasifika Studies, Sports Training and Indigenous Culture and Māori language.

Te Reo Māori

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Learn the indigenous language of New Zealand - Māori language and you will gain high levels of oratory skills and an understanding of the Māori culture. At Te Puna Wānaka, our tutors live the vision of language revitalisation, Māori and Pasifika achievement and whānau framework. We offer courses in Māori and Pasifika Studies, Sports Training and Indigenous Culture and Māori language.

Teacher training

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Learn to design, deliver and evaluate tertiary education to enhance your students' learning outcomes with our teacher training qualification. English Language Teaching programmes can take you anywhere in the world with exciting overseas and domestic opportunities for qualified graduates. You will learn the principles and practices of English language testing and assessment and effective teaching to adult learners of English.

Tertiary learning and teaching

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Learn to design, deliver and evaluate tertiary education to enhance your students' learning outcomes with our teacher training qualification. We deliver both face to face and blended online versions of the internationally recognised University of Cambridge CELTA programme. With this qualification you are ready to teach English almost anywhere in the world. At Ara we nurture your qualities and help you to develop the skills that mark excellence in teaching.

Timber construction

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Develop your carpentry skills plus the qualities of organisation and motivation to thrive in a construction environment We have been offering training for all aspects of the building and construction industries for more than 30 years

Tourism

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Start your journey to a career in travel and tourism. Our travel and tourism programme is recognised as one of the best in New Zealand. With us you will become confident and capable of creating professional itineraries for business and holiday travellers other fundamentals of being successful in the industry. Take your adventurous spirit, organisational and people skills into a thrilling career exploring the world of tourism and travel.

Trades

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We offer a broad range of trade training in the areas of construction, electrical, motor industry and engineering trades.

Transport

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Our transport programmes provide you with the skills required for this fast-paced industry, including real-world experience in the workplace while you study.

Travel

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Start your journey to a career in travel and tourism. Our travel and tourism programme is recognised as one of the best in New Zealand. With us you will become confident and capable of creating professional itineraries for business and holiday travellers other fundamentals of being successful in the industry. Take your adventurous spirit, organisational and people skills into a thrilling career exploring the world of tourism and travel.

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Veterinary nursing

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Animal science opens the door to many interesting and varied fields in veterinary nursing and animal care. working with domestic, farm, wildlife park and zoo animals. Animal Science studies open the door to many interesting and varied fields in veterinary nursing and animal care. working with domestic, farm, wildlife park and zoo animals.

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Web development

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If you are technologically and analytically minded come to us and learn the fundamentals of programming and open up a world of opportunities. Learn the skills and theory behind good websites and get started into the exciting world of the world wide web. There is an ever increasing demand for skilled IT employees and the growth in this industry is showing no signs of slowing down. More than ever before, the genius of computing and ICT is firmly embedded in almost every aspect of our fast paced lives. This high-performing industry seeks responsive collaborators with analytical minds and critical thinking capacity.

Welding and structural steel

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You can start work in any number of industrial settings with this qualification proving you have the skills and techniques to make, join and repair metalwork. At the Trades Innovation Institute (TII) the usual starting point to enter engineering trades is a pre-trade programme.

Wine

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Whether you’re seeking specialist skills for employment in the hospitality, retail or distribution sectors, or you’re simply interested in wines and spirits, this short course will broaden your knowledge and give you an internationally recognised wine qualification.

Work skills

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A programme where we work with you to identify and remove the barriers to your learning and achieving in the workplace.